The main reason for flying to Seoul was to sample Asiana First Class service on a long haul flight. I’ve been to Seoul before (and since) this trip, so despite it being a great destination, I didn’t explore at all, and opted for the convenience of an airport hotel. Once all of my flights were finalized, it ended up that I only had a short overnight layover in Seoul,
Exterior photo of Hyatt Regency Incheon (photo from Flickr)
I booked my stay at the Hyatt Regency Incheon using the anniversary night for the Hyatt Visa. It was only a category 2, but at over $275 per night, I figured it was a better value than paying cash. This hotel has since completed an expansion to nearly double its size and rebrand under the Grand Hyatt label. There was construction on the new tower and in public areas when I was there, but it was not too intrusive.
I was getting dark by the time I arrived into Incheon and cleared customs and immigration. There are 2 shuttles per hour to the hotel, and fortunately one was waiting as I walked out to the curb. It is only about 5 minutes to the hotel.
I was assigned a room on a club floor, and a diamond amenity of wine and chocolates was waiting in the room. I would have preferred points, but that wasn’t an option. I wasn’t going to bother carrying the bottle of wine with me, so I did have a glass. Seems pretty wasteful for a one night stay for a solo traveler, but definitely a #firstworldproblem.
Here are some views of my room:
Club King room at the Hyatt Regency Incheon
The room was pretty typical for a Hyatt. A king sized bed, flat screen TV, a desk and a chair with ottoman. There was also a window into the bathroom, which I’ve found to be pretty typical of hotels like this in Asia.
Club King room at the Hyatt Regency Incheon
The bathroom was nicely appointed, with fancy Toto toilet. There were a lot of amenities, the typical shampoo, conditioner, lotion plus mouthwash, q-tips, emery board and more. There was also an oddly placed clock in the bathroom counter. I was surprised to see Portico products in this hotel. I had been told that all Hyatts were moving to KenetMD several years ago, but seemingly Asia properties are sticking with Portico, at least for now. Thankfully it is Verbena scent, not the horrific White Ginger.
Bathroom in Club room at Hyatt Regency Incheon
In the closet, there was a bathrobe as is standard in Hyatt Club rooms. There was also a Simplicity Descending Life Line, presumably in case of a fire.
Safety equipment in room
The room had an electric tea kettle and a rather nice tea service.
In the morning, I went for a run outside the hotel. It wasn’t them most exciting area to run, but I always enjoy watching planes come in for a landing, so it certainly beat running on a treadmill. After that, I had breakfast in the club lounge. From there I enjoyed a nice view of the airport.
Obviously the airport is quite close to the Hyatt Regency Incheon
Food options were pretty typical of Hyatt lounges, but there were a few local options, and some things that could be ordered off a menu. I opted for a Korean rice porridge.
Korean breakfast in Hyatt Regency Club
After my meal, I caught a shuttle back to the airport, and checked in for my flight in Asiana Airlines First Class. I was quite excited!
Other posts in this series:
Around the world in a week
Air Canada to Toronto and The Maple Leaf Lounge
First Class all to myself: Lufthansa Inaugural Toronto to Munich
Munich Lufthansa First Class lounge then transiting Frankfurt
Thai Airways Royal First Class on the Airbus A380 Frankfurt to Bangkok
Thai Airways Royal Silk Business Class Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur
My time in Kuala Lumpur and at the Le Meridien
Malaysia Airlines economy from Kuala Lumpur to Siem Reap
The Le Meridien Angkor, my home base in Siem Reap
A Picture Tour of the Angkor Wat Temples Around Siem Reap
Best Western Amaranth for a short layover in Bangkok
Thai Airways Royal First Class Lounge and Spa
Thai Airways Royal First Class Bangkok to Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific Business Class Lounges in Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific Business Class Hong Kong to Seoul
Hyatt Regency Incheon Airport (this post)
Asiana Airlines First Class lounge in Seoul
The only passenger in Asiana Airlines First Class Seoul to Frankfurt
The Le Meridien Parkhotel Frankfurt
The best lounge in the world? Back at the Lufthansa First Class Terminal, Frankfurt
Lufthansa First Class with a seat and a bed Frankfurt to Toronto